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We are delighted to announce that our charity has recently received the Duke of York Award. The Duke of York's Community Initiative recognises excellence and is presented annually to charities throughout Yorkshire and Humberside which are making a real difference to the communities they serve.
Teaspoons at Christmas
We've compiled a listing of seasonal volunteering opportunities to get you in the festive mood. Click on the links below for more details. Where contact details are provided please get in touch directly.
Cards for Good Causes
When: 4th October - 17th December 2015
Becoming a Charity Christmas Card Shop Assistant role is perfect for anyone who wants to help lots of charities in one go, loves Christmas and enjoys working with people. You will greet customers and help them with their purchases. The role also includes keeping the stock neat and tidy and re-stocking as necessary. The great thing about this opportunity is that you don't have to commit for a long time - just a few weeks in the run up to Christmas. Volunteers are needed to cover shifts from Monday to Friday 10.00-1.00 or 1.00-4.00 (10.00-2.00 Saturday). If you are interested in this role contact Shelley Mills on 01423 705745.
When: Saturday 5th December 10.00-4.00pm
Food for Christmas Volunteers are needed to ask Tesco customers to buy an extra item of food to help someone in need this Christmas. The collection will take place at Tesco on Clifton Moor in York. Redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of heating during winter are just some of the reasons why people will go hungry this Christmas. If you can spare 2 or more hours to help out with the collection call Linda Macrow on 07883529864 for full details. Lunch is provided for volunteers who can do the entire day.
Light up a Life
When: Sunday 6th December in Ripon
Sunday 13th December in Harrogate
The Light up a Life services are special community events offering local people a meaningful way to remember and celebrate the lives of people who are no longer with us. By dedicating a light on one of the Light up a Life Christmas trees you can also help Saint Michael’s Hospice to continue improving the lives of local people with terminal illness. To help at this event and support the Hospice call 01423 878192.
Harrogate Easier Living Project
When: Friday 11th December 2015 10.00-4.00pm
Wesley Chapel Christmas Lunch
When: Christmas Day 25th December 2015
Every year the Wesley Chapel host a Christmas lunch for those who would otherwise be isolated and lonley on Christmas day. Volunteer drivers are needed to pick up guests and then deliver them home at the end of the day. General helpers are always welcome to assist in the Kitchen and serving dinner. If you would like to help out on Christmas day then call Philip Goodwin on 01423 563990.
When: 24th-27th December 2015
Hundreds of International Students studying in the UK face spending Christmas on a lonely campus. Volunteer hosts are needed to invite students into your home from Christmas eve to 27th December to learn about their culture and introduce them to your Christmas traditions.
When: 1st January 2016
Every year hundreds of ducks are raced along the river Nidd in Knaresborough in aid of Henshaws Society for Blind People. Ducks are bought and the owner of the winning duck gets a prize. The race starts at 1.15 and runs till 2.30 . Volunteers are needed for a couple of hours on the day to collect donations in buckets. There's nothing better than fresh air and one of Knaresborough's weird and wonderful events on New Years Day.
Other small things you can do…..
Shake a charity bucket by a supermarket till
Buy charity Christmas cards instead of commercial ones
Write a pick-me-up letter to someone wrongly imprisoned through Amnesty International
Pack a gift-wrapped shoebox full of nice things and send it off to a disadvantaged child through Samaritans.
Spotlight on: Open Country
This year's winner of Organisation of the Year at the Volunteering Oscars was local charity Open Country who were chosen as winners thanks to their outstanding volunteer management.
The charity have been providing outdoor activities for people with disabilities and extra support needs for 25 years. They run 11 regular activity groups to help peopl access the countryside. This includes everything from braken clearing to tandem riding. Volunteers are essential in supporting with activities, helping with fundraising and managing the charity.
Open Country are currently looking for 3 new trustees to join their board in the following roles: Marketing Trustee, Fundraising Trustee and PR Trustee. The board meet quarterly and new trustees will receive a full induction and mentoring.
Ripon in Wonderland
2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. In honour of Ripon's connection with Lewis Carroll we have put together Ripon in Wonderland a guide to Alice themed events and activities in the Ripon community. Download the guide or pick up a free copy from venues round Ripon including the library, Museums and Community House.
If you would like further advice about volunteering in Ripon please contact us on 01423 509004 to arrange an appointment in Ripon.